class - HUM 202, Section 2 Winter 2011 Joseph D. Parry 3030...

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HUM 202, Section 2 Winter 2011 Joseph D. Parry 3030 JFSB 422-3138 office hours: 4-5 MWF Teaching Assistants: Brianna Hulme Course Introduction: This course examines the cultural and intellectual history of Europe from about 1500 to the present. Ultimately, this course is a course about ideas that have meant and still mean a great deal in our world. But these big ideas have not only shaped the works that we will study; the works we study have also profoundly shaped our understanding of these ideas. In fact, the humanities are a crucial way in which people have asked questions and posed problems about the ideas that give meaning to our human existence. We will continually ask ourselves the question: What is important to the writers and the artists of the works we study, to the culture in which those works were produced, and to our own culture ? This course is by no means a comprehensive survey of Western culture, but through our sampling of important, exemplary figures and works we hope to introduce you to some of the most influential, beautiful, and powerful creations ever made. The course work that we will assign you throughout the semester requires not only that you learn certain facts, but also that you learn or improve skills that are fundamental to humanistic study: textual analysis, careful assessment of evidence, critical thinking, and persuasive writing. Course Learning Goals: This course is both a GE (University Core) course and a “Historical Foundations” course for a major and minor in Interdisciplinary Humanities. For all students, by the end of the semester I would like you: 1. Develop a solid understanding of the course of Western cultural and intellectual history and the ideas that have been formative and fundamental to the history of civilization. 2. Recall and describe the basic form and content of each work on the syllabus. 3. Improve your ability to think critically; that is, draw reasonable conclusions from your study of these works about which concerns, ideas, values, etc., are important to the person who created the work, the culture in which the work was created, and to our own contemporary culture.
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4. Improve your ability in writing to state your conclusions clearly and to discuss, sift, and weigh the evidence persuasively for your conclusions with the correct terms, style of presentation, and level of diction expected in academic writing. For Humanities majors and minors, the above objectives serve several of the larger “Learning Outcomes” that our program has designed, including: 1. Demonstrate broad interdisciplinary knowledge of European and American cultural and intellectual history. 5. Demonstrate the skills of humanistic study, i.e. analyze, think critically and write clearly and persuasively. 9. Commit to a lifetime of learning and service to humanity.
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